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LIVE UPDATES: Kieran Molloy – Galway Rising

Boxing has returned West.

The ESPN+ cameras are rolling at Leisureland in Galway as Kieran Molloy makes an early homecoming.

The Oughterard welterweight tops a Conlan Boxing bill at the Salthill venue and Irish-boxing.com will be providing live reports from each and every fight.

On top of ESPN+ in America, the card will be streamed live on Boxing Social which you can watch HERE.

Boxing is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and we will be providing fight-by-fight updates as well as a full-colour report on the Irish title fight between Jamie Morrissey and Kevin Cronin for the light heavyweight belt.

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Fight 7: Kieran Molloy has a huge size advantage but the squat Mosquera is tough and shells up extremely effectively with his disproportionately long arms. Targeting the body well, the Oughterard man crunched the ribs of Mosquera before eventually dropping him in the fifth. The crafty Colombian claimed a low blow but referee David Irving was not interested. In full-on survival mode from the opening moments, Mosquera managed to make it to the final bell. Molloy was subsequently confirmed the winner on an 80-71 scoreline to the crowd’s delight to cap off a successful return to Galway.

10:13pm: On to the main event and the noise is insane. Kieran Molloy v Fernando Mosquera – six rounds at welterweight coming up.

Fight 6: Jamie Morrissey and Kevin Cronin ends a draw following an absolutely thrilling fight.

9:15pm: No time to dwell – onto the big one! Jamie Morrissey v Kevin Cronin for the vacant Irish light heavyweight title.

Fight 5: de Oliveira is strong and marching forward early with Walker looking to take the air out of the tyres through bodyshots. Expanding his range in the third, Walker landed some beautiful shots but was forced to take some heavy ones in return from the Brazilian in the fourth and fifth. Backed up to the ropes, Walker fought hard in round six. Looking tired, the Lisburn man fired off shots to try keep the South American off him. Following this important stand, Walker reasserted control in the seventh and eighth boxing well and peppering de Oliveira to see out the fight. Referee Emile Tiedt had it 80-72 for Walker who improves to 6(1)-0. Harsh for de Olivera to not get a single round, had more than a shout in at least five of them.

8:35pm: Next up is a man that could potentially fight Cooney down the line, Olympian Kurt Walker. He too has his first eight rounder, facing recent Brazilian title challenger Jonatas Rodrigo Gomes de Oliveira.

Fight 4: John Cooney has one mode – attack. He tears into Bhatti from the off, landing plenty of leather, but the Indian is tough. Dominant throughout, Cooney had Bhatti looking uncomfortable in the fifth and sixth before moving into uncharted territory in the seventh and eighth rounds. It was impressive from the southpaw Cooney who put Bhatti on wobbly legs in the seventh and pushed hard in the final round of a bout he took 80-72 on David Irving’s card. 8(2)-0 now, a big domestic title fight could be next for the MHD man.

7:58pm: No breaks so far and we are straight into John Cooney’s eight rounder with Indian Sandeep Singh Bhatti.

Fight 3: Tricky fight for Danny Keating but a great learning one all the same. He goes six for the first time and takes a 59-55 over Nicaraguan Greyvin Mendoza who came into tonight off the back of two upsets. The bigger and stronger man, Keating probed throughout and was well worth the win but he was tested tonight more than any of his previous bouts. Keating now sits at 7(4) and could be next seen at the show in Cork during the summer.

7:30pm: Danny Keating in the ring now for his welterweight 6 rounder with Nicaraguan dangerman Greyvin Mendoza.

Fight 2: Orban doing everything to avoid fighting, sliding to the canvas for times but he is eventually clocked by a long overhand left and he crumples to the canvas. It’s Over! KO2 Tiernan Bradley! The Omagh man moves to 7(5)-0.

7:16pm: Next up is Tyrone’s Tiernan Bradley who is in with Hungary’s Adrian Orban.

Fight 1: Great six rounds for David Ryan who sets a high pace versus Costa Rican Berman Sanchez. Swinging in some lovely uppercuts and switch-hitting, Shannon’s Ryan is looking quite well-rounded for a late boxing convert but Sanchez didn’t give him an easy night out. The Central American pushed early and was game throughout but it was Ryan who ended in the ascendancy despite going past four for the first time. Going to referee Dave Irving’s card, Ryan gets the nod 60-54. Very fun start to the night and ‘The Machine’ now moves to 3-0. If he keeps progressing at this rate, a BUI Celtic title fight mightn’t be too far away.

6:46pm: Slightly delayed start her but now ready to go with Shannon’s David Ryan v Costa Rican Berman Sanchez. Four rounds at welterweight.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie